Whether you’re having a Triple J Hottest 100 party, celebrating your citizenship, or simply enjoying an extra day off work, the warm weather this weekend calls for a get together of family and friends. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to reduce your plastic consumption.
Snags without bags
Instead of buying snags for the barbie in styrofoam and plastic, head to your local butcher and buy them wrapped in paper. Or better yet, bring your own reusable container.
Pool toys aren’t cool toys
It’s a 40-degree day. Imagine draping yourself across one of those blow up pink flamingos, legs splashing in the cool water, with an ice cold bevy in hand. Sounds like the dream, hey? But what happens when that toy gets a hole in it? Straight to landfill. There are better alternatives, made out of biodegradable and recycled materials.
Refuse single use plastic
Instead of buying packs of plastic straws, plates, knives, forks, etc, just use the normal plates you have at home! If you’re at the beach or having a picnic, bring your stainless steel cutlery from home, and bring biodegradable plates. Or maybe you can eat straight off the barbie!!! Who needs a plate for a snag in bread?
Say no to those red plastic cups
Ahh beer pong. The drinking game of Australian summers. Instead of buying plastic drinking cups, buy some reusable bamboo or flax cups. They will certainly give your ping pong ball a bit more bounce around the edges of the cup, and you can use them next time too!
Glass kicks ass
Maybe it’s time to stop hanging a goon bag from your clothes line. Glass is 100% recyclable indefinitely, so reach for a beer in a glass bottle when you lean into the esky. Cans can be recycled too, but not all of the aluminium is reused, and can only be recycled a certain amount of times. Sometimes the metal lids of glass bottles are so small they don’t get recycled, so squish a whole bunch together so they don’t get missed.
Have a sustainable and fun long weekend. Enjoy!